Catching is hard. Just catching major league breaking balls alone is insanely difficult and tiring, but then you’re also responsible for pitching signs, managing base runners, throwing out base runners trying to steal, making plays at home plate, oh and then you have to try hit, too, when your quads and knees probably feel like jelly. Oh yeah, you also get abused by foul tips and errant bat swings, usually to tender areas or your head. Fun.
It’s probably as thankless a job there is on the baseball diamond. So, those who excel at catching, and maybe even hitting too, are beloved by their teams and should always be appreciated by fans.
This week’s prompt:
Who is your favorite Mariners catcher of all time?
Feel free to write your ode to Dan Wilson and the one time he hit an inside-the-park home run. Does your heart still weep for John Jaso? Tell us about it. Or write about how Kenji Johjima was underappreciated. Or go way back with some Dave Valle yarns. This week is all about the catchers, like this guy:
Who does this sometimes:
Submit your response as a FanPost and we’ll front page the best submissions over the weekend. Cheers to catchers everywhere and Go Mariners.